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Baffado Chicken (Baffado de Galinha)

Baffado is yet another dish in Konkani cuisine. Here chicken is cooked in coconut gravy with several spices, is one of my favorite chicken curries


makes 5 servings



Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes

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  • 2 to 3 lbs Chicken, cut into 10-12 pieces
  • 2 cups Coconut, grated or 1 can of non sweetened Coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 Onions, medium, finely sliced
  • 3 Green chillies, slit
  • 1 to 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar
Spice Paste:
  • 8 Kashmiri chillies
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 10-12 Black peppercorns
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Uncooked rice
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger, minced


  • For the spice paste, grind all the ingredients mentioned with a little water to a smooth paste
  • Grind the coconut with ½ cup warm water and extract thick coconut milk. Reserve. Add 2 ½ cups warm water to the coconut, grind again and extract thin coconut milk. Keep aside. If you are using Coconut milk in a can, then separate the can into 2 parts. The second part add 1 ½ cups of water. The 1st part will be thick milk and the 2nd will be thin milk. Set aside
  • Heat the oil in a pan; saute the onions till golden. Add the ground paste and fry for 2 minutes
  • Add the chicken and fry on high heat for few minutes
  • Add the thin coconut milk, green chilies and salt; bring to the boil, lower heat and simmer partially covered, till the chicken is tender
  • Add the vinegar and thick coconut milk; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove and serve with white rice
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